Verónica Castro

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For her eponymous album, see Verónica Castro (album).

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Sáenz and the second or maternal family name is Castro Alba.
Verónica Castro
Born Verónica Judith Sáenz Castro Alba
(1952-10-19) October 19, 1952 (age 62)
Mexico City, D. F., Mexico
Other names Big Vero, La Vero
Occupation Actress, singer, producer, former model, presenter
Years active 1964–present
Partner(s) Manuel "Loco" Valdés (1970-1978)
Jorge Martínez (1981-1982)
Children Cristian Castro
Michel Sáenz Castro
Parent(s) Fausto Saenz
Socorro Castro Alba
Relatives Beatriz Castro (sister)
José Alberto Castro (brother)
Fausto Gerardo Sáenz (brother)
Angélica Rivera (former sister-in-law)
Sofia Castro Rivera (niece)
Fernanda Castro Rivera (niece)
Regina Castro Rivera (niece)
Mikhail Zaratustra Castro Liberman (grandson)
Simone Castro (granddaughter)
Awards Silver Goddess Award (2002)

Verónica Castro (Spanish pronunciation: [beˈɾonika ˈkastɾo]) Verónica Judith Sáenz Castro Alba (October 19, 1952) is a Mexican actress and entertainer.[2] She is the mother of singer Cristian Castro and filmmaker Michelle Sainz Castro.

She started her career as a television actress, where she met comedian Manuel Valdés, father of her son Cristian Castro, and in fotonovelas and telenovelas while earning her degree in international relations.

Acting and music career[edit]

Castro recorded her first album in 1978, a self-titled album, releasing three hit singles from it; these were "Mi Pequeño Ciclón", "Soy Celosa", and "Yo Quisiera Señor Locutor". The following year, she recorded another hit record with "Aprendí A Llorar" and famed Mexican producer, composer and singer Juan Gabriel penned the hit single "Adios" especially for her, which became very popular.

After appearing in a series of films and telenovelas (El Edificio de Enfrente in 1974 and Barata de Primavera in 1978, among others) her career took off with Los ricos también lloran, playing a poor orphan, with Rogelio Guerra and Rocío Banquells. This telenovela became a success in Latin America, Spain, Croatia, Italy, France, Israel, Russia, China and the Philippines. The success of this story brought her newfound fame with her single, "Aprendí A Llorar". The following hit was "San Francisco De Asis".

Two years later she played the main role in the telenovela version of El derecho de nacer. Because of her expanding fame as a world artist, she started recording her music in different languages and began to tour the world and perform in diverse venues.

In 1986 she performed in the Latin version of "We Are The World". She also released one of her most ambitious albums to date, "Simplemente Todo". The top selling singles were "Oye Tu", "Simplemente Todo" and "Macumba". She accompanied her singles with videos, becoming one of the pioneers of the MTV age in Latin America. She recorded the music video "Macumba". She worked in telenovelas in Argentina and Italy.

In 1987 her career got a huge boost internationally when she played the main character in Rosa salvaje alongside Guillermo Capetillo and Laura Zapata. The theme song for that telenovela, also named "Rosa salvaje", became one of her biggest hits. As her CD, "Reina de la noche", topped the charts and her soap opera became one of the world's best selling stories to date[citation needed], she released another #1 single, "Mala noche no".

In 1990 Castro participated in Mi pequeña Soledad alongside Omar Fierro and July Furlong, where she had to play both a 40-year-old victim of rape who became pregnant and later was paralyzed in a car crash, and her 20-year-old daughter, the "Soledad" of the title, who was the product of the rape. Castro recorded the hit song "Mi Pequeña Soledad" and it became a world wide phenomenon. The ballad opened new markets and became her theme song. She began the television series, "La Movida", which was sung also in Italian and English. After the success of the single a maxi-single and 12" mix were leaked to radio and clubs. In 1993, she starred in the unsuccessful telenovela Valentina with Juan Ferrara and the "Queen of Salsa", Celia Cruz.

In 1997 Castro re-emerged successfully with a new CD and a new television show. The CD was produced by A.B. Quintanilla, famed for his production of all the Selena CDs. She filmed the most controversial music video in her career, "Pena De Amor Y Muerte". The video included some nudity, and the song was featured on the soundtrack of the telenovela Pueblo chico, Infierno grande. The story line, from the early nineteenth century, was based on a real life drama, the story of Leonarda Ruan. Other cast members are Juan Soler and Alma Delfina. She incorporated regional Mexican music, rancheras, pop, dance-techno, country and hip hop beats.

In 1999 Castro recorded her last pop CD, "Ave Vagabundo", by famed composer and producer Ana Gabriel. She included several dance mixes of her hit singles, "Sacudelo" and "Zumbalo". Castro toured various countries in support of CD, the biggest success included Argentina, Italy and America.

During the 1990s she began hosting variety shows, and has continued to do so since. Her son, Cristian, is a teen idol singer across Latin America and the United States, She, and Christian's father, Manuel Valdés, have never married. Castro's private life has become fodder for paparazzi photographers and gossip magazines.

In 2006 she recorded "Por Esa Puerta". For the first time it was released only in Mexico, becoming a best-seller internationally. It was only available through the Internet and importation of the CD. When the CD arrived in the United States, it became the most sought after CD in her career. Castro has never had a barrier in what musical direction she takes, and thus she has covered a wide array of styles, from pop/rock, Mexican regional country music-rancheras, boleros, banda/norteno to Spanish, English and Italian. "Por Esa Puerta" did not prove to be a disappointment to fans because it neglected some markets, but it broadened the regional Mexican country music to other pop lovers as Alejandro Fernandez or Pepe Aguilar have done successfully.

In 2008 Verónica Castro returned to the stage with Chiquita Pero Picosa, a remake of a production in which she had appeared in the 1980s. She also filmed an episode of "Mujeres Asesinas" in which she played a killer. The episode was critically acclaimed.[citation needed]

In 2009 Verónica Castro went back to telenovelas, and left her native Mexico for Argentina to film the telenovela Los Exitosos Pérez. It premiered in Mexico on August 30, 2009.

For her work in television, theater, movies and in the recording industry, Castro's handprints are imbedded at the Paseo de las Luminarias in Mexico City.

Stage credits[edit]

Year Title
2008 Chiquita Pero Picosa
1995 La Mujer del Año
1983 Los Amores De Verónica
1982 Un Dia en Charlie
1980 Chiquita Pero Picosa
1979 Trú Trú entre Tres
1978 24 Horas contigo
1978 La Luna Azul
1977 La Idiota
1976 Coqueluche
1976 Travesuras De Media Noche
1975 Don Juan Tenorio
1971 El Juego de Jugamos
1970 Por eso Estamos Como Estamos
1970 Romeo Y Julieta

Albums[edit]

Year Title
2013 80 Años Peerless Una Historia Musical
2009 Resurrección
2008 Serie Diamante
2005 Por esa Puerta
2003 70 Años Peerless Una Historia Musical
2002 Imágenes
1999 Ave Vagabundo
1997 La Tocada
1996 De Colección
1995 La Mujer del Año (Theater)
1993 Vamonos al Dancing
1992 Romantica Y Calculadora
1992 Rap de La Movida
1991 Tudo É Bom Pra Se Dançar
1990 Solidaridad (duets duets, charity recording)
1990 Mi Pequeña Soledad
1990 Viva La Banda
1988 ¡Mamma Mia!
1988 Maxi Disco Rosa Salvaje
1987 Reina de la Noche
1986 Maxi Disco Macumba
1986 Simplemente Todo
1986 Esa Mujer
1985 Cantaré, cantarás (I Will Sing, You Will Sing)
1983 Tambien Romantica
1982 Sábado en la Noche Tiki-Tiki
1982 El Malas Mañas
1981 Cosas de Amigos (Duet with son Cristian Castro)
1980 Norteño
1979 Aprendí a Llorar
1978 Sensaciones
1974 Verónica Castro

Films[edit]

Year Title Character Note
1990 Dios se lo pague Film
1989 El Ausente Film
1986 Chiquita pero picosa Florinda Benitez/Flor Film
1986 El niño y el Papa Alicia/Guadalupe Film
1985 Nana Film
1980 Navajeros Toñi Film
1981 Johnny Chicano Film
1977 Nobleza ranchera Film
1975 Acapulco 12-22 Film
1975 Guadalajara es México Film
1974 El primer paso... de la mujer Film
1974 La recogida Film
1973 Mi mesera Film
1973 Novios y amantes Film
1973 Volveré a nacer María Film
1972 Cuando quiero llorar no lloro Film
1972 La fuerza inútil Film
1972 El arte de engañar Film
1972 Un sueño de amor Film
1972 Bikinis y rock Film
1971 La Recojida Film

Telenovelas[edit]

Year Title Character Note
2009 Los Exitosos Perez Roberta Santos Main Antagonist
2006 Código Postal Beatriz Corona Special Appearance
1997 Pueblo chico, infierno grande Leonarda Ruan Protagonist
1993 Valentina Valentina Isabel Montero / Valentina de los Ángeles Protagonist
1990 Mi pequeña Soledad Isadora Villasenor /Soledad Protagonist
1987 Rosa salvaje Rosa García Protagonist
1986 Amor prohibido Nora Protagonist
1985 Felicidad, ¿dónde estás? Karina Protagonist
1984 Yolanda Luján Yolanda Luján Protagonist
1983 Cara a cara Laura Protagonist
1982 Verónica: el rostro del amor Verónica Protagonist
1981 El derecho de nacer María Elena del Junco Protagonist
1979 Los Ricos También Lloran Mariana Villareal Protagonist
1978 Pasiones Encendidas Martha Co-protagonist
1976 Mañana será otro día Gabriela Supporting Role
1975 Barata de primavera Karina Labrada Main Antagonist
1972 El edificio de enfrente Carmen
1971 El amor tiene cara de mujer
1969 No creo en los hombres

TV shows[edit]

Year Title
2008 Mujeres Asesinas
2007 Mentiras y Verdades
2005 Big Brother VIP 4
2005 Big brother 3R
2004 Big Brother VIP 3
2003 Big Brother VIP 2
2002 Big Brother VIP
1996 La tocada
1995 En la Noche
1992 Y Vero América va!
1991 La movida
1989 Bienvenidos Aquí está
1988 Mala Noche... ¡No!
1986 Algo muy especial de Verónica Castro
1984 Esta noche se improvisa
1980 Noche a noche
1975 Muy agradecido
1972 Sábado '72
1972 Revista musical Nescafe
1971 Revista musical
1966 Operación Ja Ja

Dubbing[edit]

Year Title Character
1992 Sanrio World of Animation Mama Kitty
1988 A Journey Through Fairyland Laura

Sources[edit]

  • Official Website Veronica Castro [1].

References[edit]

External links[edit]